Chef/restaurateur Mary Nguyen opened Street Kitchen Asian Bistro in the Vallagio at Inverness development in Englewood four years ago as a south-suburban complement to her Uptown Parallel Seventeen, now repackaged as P17. Since then, she's also launched Olive & Finch, which made our list of the ten best new restaurants of 2013. While the two East 17th Avenue eateries continue to draw neighborhood diners, Street Kitchen seemed like the odd man out in the trio -- and now it's out altogether. Street Kitchen's website is down and the phone is disconnected. (We were unable to reach Nguyen at her other restaurants.)
Developer Peter Kudla's vision for Vallagio's restaurant scene was initially very ambitious; with a second Marco's Coal-Fired Pizza, Street Kitchen and Kudla's own Russo's Kitchen helmed by chef Brian Laird, the development was a mini-oasis in a sea of corporate restaurant chains. At one point, there was even a gleaming Airstream trailer serving burgers and hot dogs in an attempt to capture a hip, urban vibe.
But Russo's didn't last long, with Laird departing and eventually opening Sarto's in Jefferson Park. And with the pan-Asian Street Kitchen closed, options are now down to Marco's and the new Metropolitan Bar and Grill, which opened in the Russo's spot at the end of last year.
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